Last July I wrote about the centenary of the first British flight which took place in the Lea Valley.
Flight pioneer Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe, working out of a railway arch on Walthamstow Marshes, managed to get a few feet off the ground on 13 July 1909.
At the celebration held in front of the arch, Eric Verdon-Roe unveiled a replica of his grandfather’s aircraft -the first all British plane.
This week the replica was tested at RAF Woodvale but sadly failed to get off the ground. Apparently the rebuild was slightly heavier than the original.
See page 108.